House Freedom Caucus opposes GOP budget proposal

House Freedom Caucus opposes GOP budget proposal
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The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday came out in opposition to the GOP's budget proposal that raises debt limits and does away with government spending caps. 

The caucus tweeted its official position against the measure, citing the bipartisan Senate deal's massive expansion of the federal government. 

"Official position: HFC opposes the caps deal. We support funding our troops, but growing the size of government by 13 percent is not what the voters sent us here to do," the caucus said.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Graham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests MORE (R-N.C.) predicted after a closed-door meeting with Republicans on Wednesday that the majority of GOP representatives would support the Senate bill, but that it would not pass without more Democratic support. 

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With key fiscal hawks in the House rejecting the plan, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Wis.) will now need to earn dozens of Democratic votes for the bill to pass. 

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRussia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Jordan says FBI used 'crushing power of the state' to probe Trump campaign based on dossier MORE (R-Ohio), a founder of the caucus, said he was disappointed by the deal and said he "never thought the Speaker would go here with these high numbers." 

The Senate deal would set spending levels for military and nondefense spending over the next two years, in time to avoid a federal government shutdown before the deadline of midnight Thursday.